Youngstown officers honored at ceremony

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Every day, Youngstown police officers face danger to keep city residents safe.

Some of the bravest actions from the past year were honored Thursday at an annual awards ceremony at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church. The ceremony was followed by a lunch for the officers and their families.

Tales of bravery, heroism and smart investigations were told as officers were presented with commendations.

“This is an annual event to recognize the officers for their work in the field over the last year. In one of those situations, officers went in to McKelvey Lake in about 30 feet of water to rescue a woman,” said Youngstown Police Chief Robin Lees.

Other officers were honored for investigations and seizures of weapons and drugs.

Departmental Commendations, which are given to any employee who has performed in an exemplary manner in any single instance or incident, were given to the following officers:

  • Det. Sgt. Anita Davis
  • Det. Sgt. David Lomax
  • Det. Sgt. Charles Swanson
  • Det. Sgt. William Ward
  • George Anderson, who received five commendations
  • Michael Anderson
  • Mohammad Awad, who received two
  • Nicholas Bailey
  • Richard Baldwin
  • Kenneth Bielik
  • Kenneth Blair
  • Pedro Bonilla
  • Sharon Burton, who received two
  • Seann Carfolo
  • Arthur Carter
  • Assad Chaibi, who received two
  • Anthony Congermi, who received two
  • Timothy Edwards, who received two
  • Brent Gaitanis, who received three
  • Robert Gentile
  • Jimmy Hughes Jr.
  • Dorothy Johnson
  • Edward Kenney, who received three
  • Michael Medvec, who received two
  • Randall Miller
  • Jose Morales Jr.
  • Shawna-Cie Ott
  • Michael Quinn, who received two
  • James Rowley
  • Christopher Rutland
  • Jacob Short
  • Michael Sobinovsky
  • Shelly VanMeter-Lineberry, 911 supervisor
  • Brian Voitus
  • George Wallace
  • David Wilson, who received three
  • Thomas Wisener, who received two
  • Chad Zubal

The Firearm Reduction Award is given to any employee who, through a self-initiated traffic stop, pedestrian stop or investigation, arrests five individuals in a one-year period for firearm-related offenses. Officers receiving this award included:

  • George Anderson
  • Mohammad Awad
  • Richard Baldwin
  • Robert Giovanni
  • Jimmy Hughes Jr.
  • Josh Kelly
  • Edward Kenney
  • Michael Quinn
  • Jessica Shields
  • Marcin Stachowicz
  • Dave Wilson

The Meritorious Service Award, given to any employee who has performed in an exemplary manner in any single incident or instance in which a high degree of initiative or police professional skill is involved, was given to the following officers:

  • Det. Sgt. Ronald Barber
  • Det. Sgt. Brent Gaitanis
  • Det. Sgt. Curt Hileman
  • Det. Sgt. John Payne
  • George Anderson, who received two
  • Mohammad Awad
  • Nicholas Bailey, who received two
  • Richard Baldwin, who received two
  • H. Banks
  • Frank Bigowski, who received two
  • William Burton
  • Arthur Carter
  • Assad Chaibi
  • Anthony Congemi
  • Timothy Edwards
  • Barry Ervin
  • Jerry Fulmer
  • Robert Giovanni
  • Dorothy Johnson, who received two
  • Melvin Johnson
  • Jeffery Kay, who received two
  • Edward Kenney, who received two
  • Travis Kis
  • Ryan Laatsch, who received two
  • Michael Medvec
  • Randal Miller
  • Jose Morales
  • Shakir Perkins, who received two
  • Douglas Pesa
  • Michael Quinn
  • Carlos Rivera
  • Christopher Rutland
  • Jacob Short
  • Marcin Stachowicz
  • Christopher Staley
  • Brian Voitus
  • James Welch, who received two
  • Thomas Wisener
  • Chad Zubal

The Excellent Duty Award, which is given to an officer who “displays continual, evident professional performance during the entire year, demonstrates competency in assigned duties and performed in a manner worthy of recognition and demonstrated unusual dedication to duty,” was given to Lt. William Ross.

The Life Saving Award is given to any employee who performed any single act of heroism or exemplary initiative that results in saving someone’s life. Officers receiving this award included Edward Colon, Timothy Edwards, Robert Gentile and Marcin Stachowicz.

The Investigative Award, which is given to any employee, particularly those assigned in an investigatory status, who has performed in an exemplary manner in any single investigation in which a high degree of initiative or police professional skill is involved, was given to Capt. Kevin Mercer, Lt. Brian Welsh, Lt. William Ross and Officer Morris Lee.

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